Although body hair is completely natural, unwanted hair can be inconvenient, embarrassing, distressing, reduce self-confidence and in some cases have a negative impact on a person’s life. There are many reasons why we have hair in unwanted places, excessive levels of testosterone and other androgens, pregnancy, menopause, hirsutism, hormone imbalances are just some of the known reasons. Most people resort to shaving, waxing, tweezing, cream depilation or using hand held gadgets to remove unwanted hair. These methods are relatively cheap, easy to use, and provide flexibility, however, they can be laborious, time consuming and sometimes painful. Besides none of them will permanently stop the hair from growing back, so you end up repeating your choice of hair removal over and over again. Quite often the unwanted hair grows back thicker, stronger and with the possibility of ingrown hairs that leave unsightly bumps and marks on the skin.
The only way to permanently remove hair is by having a medical grade laser hair removal treatment. It will not only saving you time, money and pain but provide you with an effective, long-lasting solution.
There are many different types of laser hair removal machines and systems available and though not all are equal, they all work within the same principles. When skin absorbs light, the light energy is converted to heat producing the laser effect. As lasers work at a specific light wavelength, the heat is absorbed by melanin, the pigment found in hair, and travels down the hair shaft to the follicle which is destroyed together with its ability to regenerate. The area surrounding the hair follicle is not affected as advanced laser technology such as the MedArt VariMed Diode Laser System target their light wavelength distribution to the hair follicle only. This reduces the risk of epidermis damage, whilst allowing for deeper skin penetration, necessary for those with coarse hair.
The MedArt VariMed Diode Laser System uses short, safe, controlled pulses of laser light with carefully selected and specific wavelengths to remove unwanted hair quickly and effectively. This unsurpassed hair removal solution targets hundreds of hair follicles with each pulse, making it a fast and effective way to treat unwanted hair on all skin types. The industry-leading MedArt® scanner ensures even energy distribution so the scan pattern can be changed conveniently to a single line or single spot for treating smaller areas. This is further enhanced by the combination of the 0°C superior MedArt Contact Cooling system which provides excellent skin protection during treatment to increase patient comfort and minimise unwanted side effects.
Areas for Laser Hair Removal Treatment:
Standard Bikini High Bikini Brazilian Hollywood Buttocks Full Back Full Back including Shoulders Half Back Shoulders Full Arm Half Arm Underarm Hands Full Face Neck Full Face (including Neck) Upper Lip Chin Upper Lip & Chin Forehead Temple Mid Brow Ears Chest Nape Abdomen Stomach Line Feet Full Legs Lower Leg Upper Leg Full Legs Lower Leg Upper Leg
Consultation for Laser Hair Removal
It is important and a basic legal requirement, to have a full consultation before undertaking the Laser Hair Removal treatment. The Therapist will cover will cover the following topics during your consultation:
• Full and detailed medical history (including medications which could possibly contraindicate the treatment) and an examination of the area you want to have treated
• Discussion of your reasons for wanting the treatment
• Discussion of the laser hair removal treatment options and other options open to you
• An introduction to the laser treatment and treatment course
• Discussion of your expectations of the outcome after a course of treatment where the therapists instructions have been followed diligently
• Discussion of skin typing and a test patch treatment
• Pre-treatment care
• Post treatment care
• Obtaining your informed consent if you decide to go ahead with the treatment
Patch Tests for Laser Hair Removal Treatment
After your consultation for the laser hair removal treatment and where you have given us your consent for the treatment, we will carry out a Patch Test. The Patch Test is done on the small area of the skin which is going to be treated for Laser Hair Removal. Patch tests are an essential part of the pre-treatment process as they help us determine the level of laser energy that will be needed to give you the best possible results. This patch test will also give you an idea of what having laser hair removal treatment will be like and how it will feel. It will enable you and the Therapist to determine any adverse or side effects, highlight any problems you may encounter and adapt the treatment to suit you so that you can increase your chances of getting effective results.
When to Carry Out the Patch Test
It is preferable to carry out the Patch Test at least 3 or 4 days before starting the treatment. Completing the patch test well before your treatment, will allow plenty of time for just about all possible side effects that could appear, to do so.
The Patch test was previously free but this has now changed. It is now £25 and must be paid when the consultation is booked. The fee will be redeemable when you book and have your first treatment Laser Hair Removal treatment. Please note that this fee it is not redeemable against any other treatment or product available at the salon.
Course of Laser Hair Removal Treatment
The number of laser hair removal treatment sessions you will need is dependent upon several things. Your skin type, hair thickness and colour, the size of the area you have chosen to have treated, and how deep the hair follicles are, all determine how many sessions you may need to try and get good results. More importantly understanding the hair growth cycle will explain why you require a course of treatment and the many reasons why you encounter problems with hair.
Everybody’s hair grows in three very distinct stages and these 3 stages are known as: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
The Anagen Phase
This is the growth phase where your hair grows around half an inch a month. The hair will grow faster in summer than in winter.
The Catagen Phase
Once the growth or Anagen phase is finished the hair enters the transitional Catagen phase which lasts around approximately 10 days.
The Telogen Phase
This is the last phase your hair enters. It’s the resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. The follicle then remains inactive for a short period and the whole process is repeated.
Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times shedding only a certain number of hair each day. If it didn’t, all your hair would fall out at the same time and we would all be bald for a short period before it starts growing again! Hair problems occur when the growth cycle is disrupted. There are many things that can trigger the disruption: bad health, major illnesses, metabolic imbalances and even improper nutrition. It may be weeks afterwards that you notice that your hair cycle has been disrupted and the Anagen (growth) Phase is challenged and cut short. Your hair enters the Telogen (resting) Phase and all the hair fall out at the same time. Where your hair growth stage (Anagen) is under constant attack you will find that your hair won’t grow back as long as it used to as they are never allowed to stay in the Anagen (growth) phase long enough for them to reach the desired length.
For effective results you should space your course of Laser Hair Removal Treatment when your hair is in the Anagen (growth) phase which is between 3 or 4 weeks after your first session. Removing the hair on the growth phase will produce better results, however, during Laser Hair Treatment quite often, hair follicles which are in the dormant phase can be reactivated. Repeat sessions of Laser Hair Removal treatment will be needed in cases such as these to give long lasting hair free results again. Although a minimum of 6 treatments spaced 3/4 weeks apart is recommended by MedArt VariMed Diode Laser System, this is only a general figure as every case is treated individually and the number of sessions may vary. Multiple initial treatments are needed to make sure that the body hair is targeted in all active phases of the hairs growth cycle. This aims to target as much hair as possible so as to achieve the best possible results. Repeat sessions may be needed in the long term future, usually one or two to remove the hair which has grown back and prevent it from doing so again. This may be necessary one or several years later, dependent upon the body area and the level of hair re-growth.
Period between Laser Hair Removal Sessions
Hairs treated will fall out naturally over a period of one to three weeks leaving your skin feeling smooth and looking silky.
Quite often after undergoing laser hair removal any hair re-growth is patchy and finer, so full-scale hair re-growth after treatment is not expected and very uncommon. If hair does re-grow after treatments don’t be disheartened, it will not be as unsightly as before treatment and can be removed again.
There needs to be a period of time between laser hair removal treatments. The reason for the gaps between treatments is to allow time for hair follicles which are in the dormant stage of the hair growth cycle to become active. This helps to target more active hair follicles giving the best possible results. After the initial course of treatment you should see a good level of hair loss. All hair growth cycles are slightly different and in some mature women some small hairs will appear gradually over time due to increased hormone activity.
Laser Hair Treatment Price List
For information & price list please call the salon or pop in and pick up our ‘Medical Aesthetic Treatment’, leaflet.